Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Limited Time Offer! Get 15% Off Team Hoot’s New In-Season Training Program, Free Swag, and a Free Copy of ‘Maggie’ Too!

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Just in time for your high school season, pole vault guru Shawn Francis has created a new training program specifically for you — including new workouts and a training schedule to help you peak at the big meets like conference and state!

And for a limited time, subscribers to the Team Hoot vlog on YouTube get a 15 percent discount on the workout program, free Team Hoot swag, and a free copy of the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Click here now to subscribe to Team Hoot and get with the program!

If you’re not watching Shawn Francis’s Team Hoot video blog on YouTube, you are missing out! This No. 1 pole-vault channel has 3,300 subscribers and 230,187 views!

As a professional, Shawn Francis was among the best vaulters in the nation. As coach and teacher, he is one of the most highly sought after coaches and educators in the sport, while running his totally awesome Team Hoot Pole Vault channel on YouTube. As of today, the vlog has more than 3,000 subscribers, and 230,187 views!

Intended for high school coaches and athletes, Shawn’s new program models the successful program he used to become an elite vaulter and coach, using many of the same circuits. If you want to be fast and jump high, this is the program for you!

The High School program looks like this:

*5 days a week

*30 pages including:

*Running workouts and weights

*Different circuits

*Tips on recovery, sports psychology and nutrition

* And, 7 different videos on different warm-ups, general strength circuits, recovery circuits, mobility circuits, and plyo circuits.

It’s all fine-tuned to help you reach peak performance. Long story short, it works!


Shawn Francis is an expert on the pole-vault, including physical training for the sport.

Super important for prep vaulters are Shawn’s tips on how to manage your training around meet days and how to adjust to multiple meets in a single week. Everything is designed with your highest and best performances in mind!

Special discount for Team Hoot Subscribers!

Get an additional 15% discount just for subscribing to the Team Hoot channel on YouTube! All you’ve got to do is sign up and Shawn will send you a special discount code.

But wait! There’s more!

An inspiring story, Maggie is endorsed by Olympic vaulters, coaches, and the KSHSAA.

The first 8 people to order the Team Hoot High School Training Program will get a free copy of the inspiring young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake. Here’s what Shawn had to say about the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Endorsed by Olympic athletes and coaches, this story will inspire you to reach your highest and best this season. And, Shawn will send you some gnarly Team Hoot swag while supplies last!

Author Grant Overstake says, “I’m thrilled to be included to promote this offer for Shawn Francis’s Team Hoot High School Training Program. He’s one of the brightest leaders in our sport, and if you’re not watching his Team Hoot video blog on YouTube, you are missing out!”

So what are you waiting for?! If you want to soar over the moon this season, click here now to subscribe to Team Hoot on YouTube, and get with the Team Hoot High School Training program!

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Bookworks/Publisher’s Weekly Picks Maggie for Teen Readers

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a recommended back-to-school read for Teens.

BookWorks Publisher’s Weekly has placed Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on its back-to-school reading list! The novel was selected as a “Too Cool for School” book for Teens. In recommending the story, the editors said the novel is “An uplifting story of a young heroine who copes with loss and grief by literally hurling herself skyward as a competitive pole vaulter.” That’s too cool for school!


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Recommended Read for Back-to-School Teens!

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Guru Reviewer: Is ‘Maggie’ the Best Pole Vault Story Ever?! Check it out!

Pole vault guru Shawn Francis reviews Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on his Team Hoot vlog. “This is an amazing book for anyone. I burned through it in one sitting.”

A true guru in the world of pole vaulting, Shawn Francis says the YA novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon might be the sport’s best novel.

“To be 100% honest,” Shawn confessed, “I don’t usually like fiction books, but this book has so much truth in it, not just from pole-vault, but from growing up being a high schooler. I burned through it in one sitting!”

Francis recently reviewed the novel on his popular Team Hoot video blog (vlog).

As a former world-class vaulter, Shawn knows a ton  about the sport and cares deeply about the young people he works with at his Team Hoot instructional camps around the nation, especially those who struggle with the emotional ups and downs of adolescence.

Shawn’s trademark slogan is, “Life is meant to be experienced and curiosity will get you there.” No wonder he’s cheering for Maggie Steele, the novel’s gritty heroine. The grief-stricken high school farm girl finds healing and rises to new heights through pole-vaulting, one of the most daring sports of all.

“I don’t want to ruin it for you, but if you’re a pole vaulter or you’ve been involved in the sport at all, or any sport in general, or if you just found music or something else, this book is about finding something that helps you navigate through life and gives you some purpose and some meaning and just helps you grow into who you are.”

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Maggie’s Tavia Gilbert Earns ‘Audie’ Audiobook Industry’s Highest Award

‘Maggie’ voice actress and producer Tavia Gilbert is a marquee talent in the audiobook world.

GRAIN VALLEY, KAN. — Folks in this iconic farming community are bursting with pride these days, because their favorite voice actress, Tavia Gilbert, has been named Best Female Narrator at this year’s Audie Awards, the highest honor in the audiobook industry!

The 22nd annual Audies Gala was held at New York City on June 1st. Awards were given in 27 categories including Audiobook of the Year. Gilbert, who brought Grain Valley to life in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake, is among the greatest performers in the world of audiobooks, as selected by the Audio Publishers Association.

She won the Audie for her performance of the novel, Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Other nominees in the category were Robin Miles, Juliet Stevenson, Bahni Turpin, and Emma Thompson.

“Tavia Gilbert is every author’s dream performer,” said Overstake, who added, “She makes Maggie and Grain Valley’s cast of characters come to life. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and everybody in the business knows it, and everyone who listens to her can feel it, too.”

Gilbert’s “Be Frank With Me” earned a Best Female Narrator Audie Award.

Tavia received a slew of positive reviews for the audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, released in 2015 by Blackstone Audio, the nation’s largest independent audiobook distributor. Gilbert and author Grant Overstake “make a great duo” according to reviewer Kira Moody, a librarian in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Three-time Audies Award judge Susan G. Baird anointed Gilbert’s performance with superlatives such as “beautiful,” “engaging,” and “splendid,” in AudioFile magazine, which included Maggie on its list of recommended new audiobooks. Read full review at AudioFile.


Gilbert’s reading of “Maggie” earned a rave review from AudioFile.

With advancements in smartphone technology, the audiobook industry is growing exponentially, as more and more people are downloading books to their phones and listening as they travel. For teen athlete Katie Wright and her mom, Jennifer, the 31-mile stretch of highway between Prospect, Kentucky and Katie’s pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville went by waaay too soon as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Katie and Jennifer Wright enjoyed Maggie on audiobook.

“Since my daughter was very little one of my favorite parenting memories was reading to her. We still love to share books together but sometimes struggle to find the time,” mom said. “We discovered on the long drive to practice how great it is to listen to an audiobook together.

“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer adds in her review. “Often times coming home we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story. While we loved the happy ending, we were sad that the story ended and we no longer shared part of our day with Maggie together.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the magical story of Maggie Steele, a gritty farm girl who rebounds after tragedy, reaching high achevement as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.”

The audiobook can be downloaded from Audible and is available in audio, paperback and ebook at Amazon, Indiebound and many other sites.


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Star-Spangled Vaulters Soar at River Vault


Kaitlyn Ganrude navigates the barge runway at the River Vault. (By Daniel Scraith).

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Daring athletes in red, white and blue soared to new heights at the 7th Annual River Vault, held July 3-4.

A rubberized pole-vault runway and landing pad were mounted on a 125-foot by 50-foot barge moored to the river bank. The crowd went bonkers as nearly 80 athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin soared above the river.


Matt Dietlin waves to the crowd at the River Vault, held on the Mississippi River.

“What an amazing weekend!” said event organizer Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sales at La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We had incredible competition, high energy, and great costumes. The vaulters rang the bell 24 times to celebrate their personal bests!”


Smiling Sarah Ward rings the bell after a personal record vault.

Also cheering the competitors, in spirit, was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.  In what has become a River Vault tradition, copies of the inspiring novel were awarded to winners in each category.


Star-Spangled Anna Davis won the overall Best Dressed Vaulter Award.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. “Kudos to Jeremiah and his crew for putting on another great show.” Continue reading

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Star-spangled champions earned first place trophies and copies of ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ at last year’s River Vault held on a ginormous barge on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Pole-vaulters will compete on a giant river barge in front of thousands of cheering spectators here at the 7th Annual River Vault, to be held July 3rd and 4th on the waters of the Mississippi River.

Last year, soaring pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the River Vault. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the 2015 River Vault.

Event organizer Jeremiah Burish says, “Don’t miss your chance to get LARGE on a BARGE!”

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“The River Vault is a big stage with great competition,” said Burish, Director of Sports Sales at the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The great crowd, fast runway, and electric atmosphere combine to make a recipe conducive for lifetime personal bests.”

Cheering the competitors will be Maggie Steele, storybook heroine of the magical novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading